MARCH 11, 2010

Orofino City Council

Keeping Orofino beautiful

By Alannah Allbrett

    John D. Barton, supervisor of the Public Works Department, reported that his crew has done an intensive clean up along Hwy. 12 recently. They collected 54 bags of litter from alongside the roadway between Barneys Harvest Foods and Orofino Bridge. “Hwy 12 was nasty” [with litter], he said.

    Police Chief Wilson corroborated and added that in one week, one can already see the litter recurring. He asked cooperation from citizens who witness a driver throwing debris into the ditch – to report that vehicle’s license number to the police. He stated that the litter consists of items like cups and food wrappers, not trash that blows off while being hauled away. It takes a community effort to keep Orofino beautiful.

    Mayor, Ryan Smathers, signed a proclamation declaring April 24, as Arbor Day in the City of Orofino, urging all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day and to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands.


    A petition was made by Will Wiese to lease public property located along Hwy. 12, for his business, Clearwater Pickup and Delivery.  Also, he is applying for the franchise from U-Haul Corporation to operate a U-Haul rental facility in conjunction with his present business. The matter was referred, for further study, to the Finance and Personnel Committee, which will hold a special meeting March 1.


    A motion was passed to accept Riedesel Engineering’s proposal to develop an Airport Layout Plan update for Orofino Municipal Airport. City Administrator, Rick Laam recommended using their services as they have done previous work for the city, “on budget, and on time.”


    Skateboarding continues to be a problem as children have been using the tennis courts behind Orofino Elementary for that sport. The surface of those courts is an $8,000 project – not mere paint. The wheels of skateboards on the specially treated surface cause damage.

    Chief Wilson said that they would prefer to take care of that problem without issuing citations. Please be respectful of expensive public property that was put there for the enjoyment of another sport.

Council meetings

   The council meets every second and fourth Tuesday, at 6 p.m. at the City Council chambers, 217 1st St.